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Mavericks vs Thunder
Russell Westbrook’s career triple-double count is now higher than the legendary Larry Bird. He recorded his 60th triple-double in Wednesday’s 114-105 victory over New Orleans to break a tie with Bird and move into fifth place on the all-time list. Dallas is enjoying its best stretch of the season as it downed the New York Knicks 103-95 on Wednesday for its fifth win in seven games. Power forward Dirk Nowitzki scored 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting in the victory but will be rested and won’t make the trip to Oklahoma City.
Pacers vs Timberwolves
Karl-Anthony Towns had his chance to carry the young Minnesota Timberwolves, and Andrew Wiggins is stepping up to join him. Towns and Wiggins will try to lead the Timberwolves to a season-high fourth straight win and seventh in the last nine games against the slumping Indiana Pacers. Indiana won seven of eight to climb to three games over .500 before dropping back to even with losses in the last three contests.
Suns vs Nuggets
Nikola Jokic’s sudden rise is helping the Denver Nuggets in the win column and redefining the expectations for the team, which finds itself in the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference. Jokic will try to guide the Nuggets to a sixth win in the last eight games versus the Phoenix Suns. The Suns will attack Jokic with defensive anchor Tyson Chandler, who outplayed Minnesota Timberwolves stud Karl-Anthony Towns on Tuesday only to watch his team fall 112-111 on Andrew Wiggins’ last-second jumper. Chandler scored 22 points on 9-of-9 shooting and hauled in 17 rebounds in the loss. It’s the eighth time in his last nine games that he grabbed at least 15 boards.
Lakers vs Jazz
The Utah Jazz played four games in five nights and dropped the last two, including dragging through a 103-93 road loss to the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday. They are looking to finish off a four-game season sweep of the Lakers for the first time after winning the first three meetings this season by an average of five points. Los Angeles has dropped seven of its last eight games after suffering a 105-98 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday.
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Minnesota Timberwolves vs Sacramento Kings
Andrew Wiggins’ Timberwolves, back from their biggest victory of the year will travel West to face the host Sacramento Kings at Sleep Train Arena this Thursday. This NBA Fantasy Basketball prediction is brought you by FanPicks.com. Come PLAY in our Daily Fantasy Basketball contests at FanPicks and get a free chance to win $1 Million dollars!
Sacramento is really on a up and down hill all year having not been capable to get 2 straight wins in a month span now. It’s to understand where the team is headed. Their leader DeMarcus Cousins has been relegated to playing only in home games in one of the strangest developments this season. That strange development is really what makes the organization so dysfunctional and unpredictable. Their real issue is their defense as they’re dead last in points allowed per game nearly this whole campaign. For them, this is a winnable game but the T-Wolves have shown what their enormous potential can do to big teams 2 days ago when they upset the Warriors in Oakland.
Minnesota have lost 3 of their last 3 games but come into this game off their biggest win of the season. Not only they defeated the reigning NBA champions, Golden State Warriors on the road and were a 15-point easy underdog, but have really shown what their potential talent is all about. With youngsters on their squad like Andrew Wiggins, Karl-Anthony Towns, Shabazz Muhammad and Zach LaVine, the sky is limit for their future. A great sign as well is that all of their young guns made big contributions in the win against the Warriors. They simply showed the NBA just how fearful this team will be in the years to come, as well as a danger for the Sacramento Kings.
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DFS NBA Picks
Another Saturday, another special edition of our DFS NBA picks for you to feast your eyes on.
While there were 10 games on the schedule today, n As always there are your big ticket items, and value picks. You always want to avoid being so strapped for cash that you’re ready to roll the dice on just about anyone to fill a slot on your roster. That’s why value picks and managing your cap are so crucial when assembling your daily fantasy sports team.
PG Russell Westbrook $10600 – While Westbrook always seems like a must-play, tonight’s pay-off might be extremely generous. The Spurs might be entering the game without superstar Kawhi Leonard, but I still expect this to be a competitive game until the very end. The Thunder are playing quite well of late, so a big effort minus the opposition’s star player equal a huge game for Westbrook.
PG Tyus Jones $3500 – Jones has scored 20+ fantasy points in 2 of his last 5 games, while scoring 14.5, -1, and 10.4 in between respectively. While he virtually never rebounds, Jones has piled up 11 assists in his last 2 games combined. Through March, Jones has averaged 4.5 points,and 3.3 assists in 17 minutes per game. If you need an option from the discount bin, Jones may be the man you should target.
SF Gordon Hayward $6800 – Facing the T-Wolves, Hayward has an opportunity to put forth a great fantasy night. Minnesota plays an up-and-down style of play, leaving many scoring opportunities to skilled players on opposing teams. Neither Zach Lavine nor Andrew Wiggins are exactly shutdown defenders, and the T-Wolves allow approximately 6% more points than the league average to small forwards. Hayward can be inconsistent, so the matchup makes him a much more desirable product tonight.
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Golden State Warriors vs Minnesota Timberwolves
The Minnesota Timberwolves will host the visiting Golden State Warriors, just fresh out of their worst performance of the season in San Antonio as they’ll try to avoid their first losing streak of the season at the Target Center. FanPicks is proud to bring you this Fantasy Basketball NBA preview. Take a break from March Madness and come play in our NBA Magic Million contest where you can win up to a $1 million this week at FanPicks.
Despite having only won 3 out of their last 10 games and occupying the last place in the West’s Northwest division, the Timberwolves have shown signs of resurgence lately during hard-fought games like their latest defeat at the hands of the Houston Rockets, 116-111 or last week against the Suns 107-104.
Their rising stars, Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine are all progressing extremely well. Towns, on his way to the Rookie of the Year award, had a standout double-double performance against Houston with 32 pts, 11 boards, 2 steals, an assist and a block. Wiggins contributed with 21 pts, 5 assists, 2 boards and 3 steals while LaVine added 15 pts, 3 assists, 2 boards, 4 steals and a block. They will need a display like the one 10 days ago when they brought their maximum energy and potential, upsetting the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma 99-96.
The reigning NBA champs Golden State Warriors are coming fresh off their worst offensive performance of the season in the forgettable 87-79 loss to the San Antonio Spurs Saturday. They really endured their most difficult night of the season, breaking a 7 game winning streak and 7th loss on the road of the year. Klay Thompson’s 15 pts, 5 boards, assist, block and steal helped pace the Warriors. It was Stephen Curry’s shutdown that really didn’t help. San Antonio’s defense limited him to only 14 pts, 6 boards, 6 assists, 2 steals and at his lowest field-goal and 3-point percentage. Draymond Green nearly had his typical triple double performance with 11 pts, 9 boards, 8 assists and a block.
This time it will be different story since the Spurs own the best defense in the league meanwhile the Timberwolves own one of the worst. After this game, the Warriors will host their next 4 games in Oakland, where they remain undefeated this season.
NBA All-Star Rising Stars Challenge and Celebrity Game Recap Fantasy Basketball News – 02-13-16
The NBA All-Star Weekend kicked off well last night with the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge and the Celebrity Game. In case you missed the action of last night’s NBA All-Star festivities, FanPicks is proud to bring you a recap of some of the events last night. Come enjoy daily Fantasy Basketball news at Fanpicks.com.
In its 2nd year of existence, the Rising Star Challenge saw Team USA top Team World in a nailbiter 157-154 with plenty of highlight reel action.
Defending Slam Dunk Contest champion Zach Lavine from the Minnesota Timberwolves shined throughout the night and was named MVP of the event with his 30 pts performance.
His teammate and Canadian-native Andrew Wiggins also had an excellent game with 29 pts and many highlight-reel dunks for Team World.
Team World’s Kristaps Porzingis had a strong performance with 30 pts and some strong dunks while Emmanuel Mudjay also added 30 pts with 10 assists.
For most of the fans in attendance, last year’s #1 overall draft pick Wiggins and hometown hero was really the star attraction and received many chants and ovations all throughout the night.
The Rising Stars game is a good show for the fans prior to the skills competition and actual All-Star Game, spotlighting the new talent in the league and giving hope of better days to long suffering franchises such as the Timberwolves, the Bucks or the Knicks.
All-Star Celebrity Game
In an entertaining matchup Friday night, Coach Drake’s Team Canada defeated their southern rivals Team USA coached by the comedian Kevin Hart, 74-63.
Tracy McGrady led the charge for the Canadians with 18 pts while Arcade Fire’s Win Butler took the MVP honors with his 15 pts.
Jason Sudeikis led Team USA with 14 points in the game. The Americans got some unexpected help in the second half when their head coach and 4 time Celebrity MVP award recipient, Kevin Hart, inserted himself in the lineup but it didn’t prove enough in the end.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs Cleveland Cavaliers – 01/25/16 Preview
The Minnesota Timberwolves (14-31) take on the host Cleveland Cavaliers (30-12) at Quicken Loans Arena on Monday. The Cavaliers are odd favorites to win (line: -13). Play in the most exciting daily fantasy basketball, including the newest Point Spread and $10K Grand Action contests only at Fanpicks the premiere daily fantasy sports site.
The Timberwolves’ future should be bright, however the present isn’t. They currently have one of the worst records in the NBA over their last 30 games. Despite the young talent like Zach LaVine and Shabazz Muhammad, veterans like Kevin Garnett and Tayshaun Prince are still starters. The spotlight of this game will be around young star Andrew Wiggins and his trade with Kevin Love. What seemed to be a steal for the Cavs may have actually benefited the Timberwolves much more.
The Cavs are currently the talk in the NBA over the past weekend after firing Head Coach David Blatt less than one year after making the NBA finals and still leading the Eastern Conference. Cleveland has been the talk of the league over this last week, as they fired Coach David Blatt less than one year after making the NBA Finals and still top seed in the Eastern Conference. What’s disturbing is that they were blown out in their 1st game under their new coach Tyronn Lue. They will have an opportunity to redeem themselves against the struggling Timberwolves team.
T-Wolves vs Pelicans
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The Minnesota Timberwolves (13-29) pay a visit to the Smoothie King Center to take on the New Orleans Pelicans (13-27) on Tuesday. Fanpicks.com is proud to announce its RotoPicker free to use tool, which allows you to create winning line ups and dominate your fantasy basketball competition. Play the most exciting contest, including the newest $10K Grand Action and Point Spread contests only at Fanpicks.com the premiere daily fantasy basketball site
Minnesota will try to put an end to their 6 game road losing streak and build on last Sunday’s win over the Phoenix Suns. It marked the Timberwolves 2nd highest scoring tally of the season. Ricky Rubio and Andrew Wiggins led with a pair of 18-point efforts, while standout rookie Karl-Anthony Towns scored 14 points and 8 rebounds. 4 of Minnesota’s reserves, Gorgui Dieng, Shabazz Muhammad, Zach LaVine and Kevin Martin, posted double-digit scoring. The blowout win snapped their 9 game losing streak.
The Pelicans have improved recently. After a stretch in which they lost 6 of 7 games, New Orleans bounced back with consecutive victories over the Sacramento Kings and Charlotte Hornets. Monday, they suffered a heartbreaking 101-99 defeat at the hands of the Memphis Grizzlies. Despite the loss, they’ve showed a lot of good stuff that stretch. During pre-game warmups, Tyreke Evans experienced some knee soreness and missed the Grizzlies contest, leaving Norris Cole and Jrue Holiday to man the point. Holiday registered 23 points and 9 assists. Anthony Davis collected 21 points and 8 rebounds. If Evans is unable to take the floor again, Cole should receive the start with Holiday filling in as back up.
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Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
Author : Aldo Panessidi
The Minnesota Timberwolves (12-28) will be hosted by the Oklahoma City Thunder (28-12) on Friday evening. Fanpicks.com is proud to announce its RotoPicker free to use tool, which allows you to create winning line ups and dominate your fantasy basketball competition. Play the most exciting contest, including the newest $25K Grand Action and Point Spread contests only at Fanpicks.com the premiere daily fantasy basketball
The Timberwolves have won only one game in their last 13 outings and are starting to make a case for worst team in the West after being edged 107-104 on the road against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday. Andrew Wiggins again showed flashes of the player and leader the organization hopes that he will flourish into, leading the team with 28 point and draining 8 of 9 free throw attempts. Kevin Martin posted 22 points from the bench, while rookie Karl-Anthony Towns put up 12 points and 16 rebounds. Wiggins and Towns are combining for an average of 35.5 points per game for the team. Minnesota is struggling on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball and simply don’t yet have the experience or depth to compete at a Playoff level. The Wolves are tied for the second-worst away record in the NBA at 1-9.
The Thunder have had an up-and-down start to 2016 after finishing December with 12-3 record. The team has won four of its last six contests, the latest in a dominating effort at home against the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night, 108-89. Kevin Durant was the top scorer for OKC with 29 points and 10 boards, making 9 of 14 from the field. Durant is the third-ranked scorer in the league, averaging 26.7 points per match-up. Russell Westbrook finished the game with zero points in 15 minutes played following a second quarter ejection after getting into an altercation with Dallas guard J.J. Barea. Serge Ibaka picked up the slack in the form of a double-double, recording 20 points and 11 rebounds. Ibaka also went 3-for-6 from long range, as did Dion Waiters from the bench, as the former Cavalier finished with 18 points. The Thunder are locked into first place in the Northwest Division, a clear 10 games ahead of the second place Utah Jazz.
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Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
The Oklahoma City Thunder (26-12) will be hosted by the Minnesota Timberwolves (12-26) at Target Center in Minneapolis on Tuesday evening. Fanpicks.com is proud to announce its RotoPicker free to use tool, which allows you to create winning line ups and dominate your fantasy basketball competition. Play the most exciting contest, including the newest $25K Grand Action and Point Spread contests only at Fanpicks.com the premiere daily fantasy basketball
The Thunder have been one of the best teams in the NBA since the beginning of December, but they are in a bit of a rut right now. They are just 2-2 over their last four games and nearly lost to the struggling Los Angeles Lakers just last week. This appears to be just a blip on the radar though, as the offense and defense are performing at top-levels. In fact, the offense ranks second in the NBA just behind the Golden State Warriors in scoring and the defense has been top-10 since the middle of November. If there is one blemish with this team it would be their road woes, as they were 5-6 on the road before winning four of their last five. In any case, look for them to continue their recent road success, as they are double-digit favorites heading into this matchup.
The Timberwolves got off to a surprising start this season, but are regressing hard right now. They have lost 10 of their last 11 games and are really struggling on the offensive end. In fact, they haven’t cracked 100 points in 11-straight games and haven’t scored more than 102 in 16-straight games. Much of that has to be credited to these offensive rotations the coach sticks out there. Coach Sam Mitchell still insists on starting Kevin Garnett and playing Tayshaun Prince an abundance of minutes and it’s a wonder why with all the young talent they have. Young players like Zach LaVine, Gorgui Dieng and Shabazz Muhammad have been riding the bench and it’s just a mysterious situation in Minnespolis right now. It likely won’t get any better here, as they come into this game as huge underdogs in their home building where they have struggled all season long.
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Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
The Cleveland Cavaliers (24-9) will be hosted by the Minnesota Timberwolves (12-24) on Friday evening. Fanpicks.com is proud to announce its RotoPicker free to use tool, which allows you to create winning line ups and dominate your fantasy basketball competition. Play the most exciting contest, including the newest $25K Grand Action and Point Spread contests only at Fanpicks.com the premiere daily fantasy basketball
The Cavaliers spent Wednesday night building on their five-game tear to kick off the new year, beating the Washington Wizards on the road, 121-115. The team’s starters seemed unstoppable, with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving combining for 66 points. James added 10 boards for the double-double and went 12-for-22 from the field. Irving has been in the zone since returning from injury in December, posting 32 point on Wednesday and is averaging 17.4 points since his comeback. J.R. Smith contributed 25 points and five three-pointers as Cleveland looks to have a lock on first place in the Eastern Conference for the foreseeable future. The team plays six of their next seven games away from Quicken Loans Arena where they own a somewhat pedestrian 9-8 record.
The promising Timberwolves are looking towards a bright future, as their present is anything but inspiring on the back of eight out of nine losses and four defeats in a row. Minnesota lost 78-74 at home to the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday, falling to 5-14 at Target Center. Still, flashes were on display for the team that Wolves fans hope will develop into a winning formula in years to come, as Karl-Anthony Towns led the tam in scoring with a 14-point, 14-rebound double-double. Andrew Wiggins added 11 points, shooting 4-for-14 from the paint. The team made only three long range shots all game, and find themselves in a freefall in the West (where they sit in 13th place) after losing earlier in the week on the road to the woeful Philadelphia 76ers.
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Denver Nuggets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
The Denver Nuggets (12-23) will be hosted by the Minnesota Timberwolves (11-22) at the Target Center in Minneapolis on Wednesday evening. Fanpicks.com is proud to announce its RotoPicker free to use tool, which allows you to create winning line ups and dominate your fantasy basketball competition. Play the most exciting contest, including the newest $10K Grand Action and Point Spread contests only at Fanpicks.com the premiere daily fantasy basketball site
The Nuggets are quickly sliding towards the cellar of the Northwest Division and with a loss to the Wolves on Wednesday, they will reach that destination. Denver has gone 1-9 in their past 10 games, their most recent loss coming on Sunday against the Trail Blazers 112-106. In his second game back from a sprained ankle Danilo Gallinari led the way for the Nuggets with a game-high 29 points (8-13 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 11-16 FT), five rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block in 36 minutes. Kenneth Faried was able to play in the loss only a game after enduring a scary injury to his neck which resulted in him being taken out of the stadium in a stretcher. In his return to the court Faried had 13 points (6-14 FG, 1-5 FT), nine rebounds, one assist, and a block in 27 minutes. Rookie Emmanuel Mudiay returned to practice on Tuesday who has been held out of action since spraining his ankle on Dec. 11. If he is able to play on Wednesday, it would most likely be in a limited role, coming off the bench for Jameer Nelson. The Nuggets are 2-1 against the Timberwolves this season, winning the last matchup on Dec. 15, 112-100.
The Timberwolves haven’t been much better than their Northwest Division counterpart, going 1-7 in their past eight games. Their most recent loss came on Monday to the league-worst 76ers 109-99. Shabazz Muhammad had a season-high 20 points (8-11 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 3-4 FT), with three rebounds, an assist, and a steal in 34 minutes off the bench. Andrew Wiggins added 16 points (4-9 FG, 8-10 FT), three rebounds, two assists, two blocks, and a steal over 25 minutes. Nikola Pekovic has a “50-50” chance of playing on Wednesday after being cleared for full contact practices last week. If he does play, it will be in a very limited role. The Timberwolves are lowly 7-10 at home this season.
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The Minnesota Timberwolves (12-22) will be visiting the Wells Fargo Center to challenge the Philadelphia 76ers (3-33), on Monday evening. Dominate your competitions with our free to use RotoPicker tool, create the winning fantasy NBA contest lineups for Fanpicks.com
The Minnesota Timberwolves could use a win after winning five of their last six games. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 99.7 points on 44.6 percent shooting and allowing 102.7 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Andrew Wiggins is averaging 20.5 points and 1.7 assists while Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 16.1 points and 9.4 rebounds. Zach LaVine is dishing 3.2 assists and Gorgui Dieng is grabbing 6.3 rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 32.4 percent from beyond the arc and 79.5 percent from the free throw line. The Timberwolves are allowing 35 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 14.8 turnovers per game. The Minnesota Timberwolves have lost eight of their last 10 road games.
The Philadelphia 76ers could use a win after losing six of their last eight games. The Philadelphia 76ers are averaging 92.5 points on 42 percent shooting and allowing 104.8 points on 45.8 percent shooting. Jahlil Okafor is averaging 17.3 points and 7.7 rebounds while Ish Smith is averaging 13.4 points and 7.6 assists. Robert Covington is grabbing 5.7 rebounds and Isaiah Canaan is dishing two assists. The Philadelphia 76ers are shooting 31.8 percent from beyond the arc and 68.9 percent from the free throw line. The 76ers are allowing 36.1 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 14.4 turnovers per game. The Philadelphia 76ers have lost five straight home games. Jakarr Sampson and Hollis Thompson are questionable.
The Timberwolves are 7-17-1 ATS in their last 25 Monday games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference. The 76ers are 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 vs. NBA Northwest and 5-15-1 ATS in their last 21 home games. The Timberwolves are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
I’m not buying chalk and a Timberwolves team that continues to struggle on the road. The 76ers have been competing ever since getting Smith.
Expected Starting Lineups (not confirmed):
PG: Ricky Rubio
SG: Andrew Wiggins
SF: Tayshaun Prince
PF: Kevin Garnett
C: Karl-Anthony Towns
PG: Ish Smith
SG: Isaiah Carson
SF: JaKarr Sampson
PF: Jerami Grant
C: Nerlens Noel
NBA Fantasy Draft News 10-23-2015
The Minnesota Timberwolves concluded play in the 2014-15 season with a record of 16-66. They finished in last place in the Western conference 29 games behind the eighth seeded New Orleans Pelicans for the last playoff spot. The Timberwolves had the worst record in the NBA and have a long road to respectability. The last time Minnesota made the playoffs was in 2004. They have failed to draft and develop a team to compete in the Western conference for over a decade now. The culture of losing is deep rooted and begins on the defensive end of the court where the team has failed. They were last in the league in scoring and field goal defense as they give up an average of 106 points and 48.7% shooting to their opponents each game. They were bad defending opposing three’s by surrendering 36.7% from beyond the arc. Flip Saunders is the current head coach of the Timberwolves. He returned to the franchise in 2014 after a ten year stay from 1995-2005. Saunders benefitted by the Kevin Garnett era but since Garnett’s departure they have not found a floor leader to catapult the team out of mediocrity. The team had the first pick in the 2015 draft and selected Karl-Anthony Towns a center out of Kentucky. It is the first center the Timberwolves have selected in the first round since way back in the 2001 season.
Minnesota Timberwolves PG:
Now 25 year old Rubio has dealt with health concerns over his career. He is great at dealing assists and steals but is a lifetime 36.7% shooter. He shot a miserable 25.5% from the three point line last year. He played in 22 games last year and averaged 10 points, nearly 9 assists and 5 ½ rebounds per game.
Minnesota Timberwolves SG:
Levine is a first round draft pick of the Timberwolves in 2014 as he was selected 13th out of UCLA. He is a very young player at 20 years old. The shooting guard saw work in 77 games last year as he averaged 10 points, 3 ½ assists in nearly 25 minutes per game. This is a young Timberwolves team so expect Levine to get more minutes in the upcoming season. He did make 34.1% from the three point line last season. A good feature for DFS draft managers is Levine can be trusted late in games as he is an 84.2% free throw shooter.
Minnesota Timberwolves PF:
The veteran has played 20 years in the league and returns to help turn the culture from losing to winning. There is almost a generation gap between Garnett and his teammates. He no longer produces the numbers he did in his prime so it may be a hard sell for Garnett to win over the trust of his teammates. Words only mean much to the youth if you can produce on the court. KG has been slowed down by wear and tear of 20 years in the league so there could be some chemistry problems.
Minnesota Timberwolves SF:
Wiggins a first round pick of the Cleveland Cavaliers came over to Minnesota in the Kevin Love trade. As a rookie in 2014, Wiggins played in all 82 games and averaged nearly 17 points, 4 ½ rebounds and two assists. His shooting numbers were 43.7% from the floor and 31% from three. Wiggins was the NBA’s rookie of the year based on a very strong finish as he put up some big numbers to close the season.
Minnesota Timberwolves C:
A first round pick of the Utah Jazz in 2013, Dieng was good on the boards as he pulled down eight rebounds in his 30 minutes per game average. He generated nearly 10 points a game and was a good free throw shooter for a big man making 78.3% from the charity stripe.